For MMA enthusiasts the XFC event, held on the 3rd of March 2011 at the Standard Bank Arena, showcased some great fights with some interesting results; FLUX Mag was there to cover the event, and this is how we saw it all go down…
1st Fight – Bradley Booysen vs. Alden Beyer [Winner]
The first fight was a good start to the night and the two fighters had a great back-and-forth stand-up battle that went to ground a few times and back up again to finish the first round. The exchanges were decent and both men were out to clean up fast. The first round was more in favour of Alden Beyer and the second round saw another impressive stand-up battle, but a somewhat looser ground fight when it did end up there. Bradley Booysen lost a point for attacking the back of Beyer’s head and the second round ended fairly well even with the illegal strike. The final round saw both fighters giving it their all and a combination of stand-up battling, some ground work for both and a little ground and pound coming into play. The round ended with no winner before the final bell and left the decision to the judges who went in favour of the more impressive Beyer by way of majority decision.
2nd Fight – Jason Mc Cauliff vs. Paul Vosloo [Winner]
The night’s second fight saw a quick result when Jason Mc Cauliff took on Paul Vosloo. The fight started with a short stand-up exchange and when Vosloo saw an opening he took the fight straight to the ground where his skills where more dominating. From there Mc Cauliff managed to get himself into a full mount, but Vosloo easily escaped and reversed it again and got into Mc Cauliff’s full guard. Vosloo then skilfully managed to get into a position to submit Mc Cauliff by way of Armbar, winning the fight quickly.
3rd Fight – Leslie Wintle vs. Jared Lovett [Winner]
This fight saw an impressive exchange of punches that were short lived as Leslie Wintle slipped a punch and took the fight to the ground where he tried to take control. Known boxer Jared Lovett overpowered the lighter Wintle and escaped with a massive slam followed up quickly with a full mount and solid ground and pound. As Wintle tried to escape and get the fight standing again, he opened up just enough to allow Lovett to throw in a hard and solid uppercut that knocked him out. The fight was mismatched in terms of weight and skills, but it was a convincing win nonetheless for Lovett.
4th Fight – Craig Ninow [Winner] vs. Jeremiah Makhetha
This fight saw an opening with a few short exchanges that went straight to ground where the two fighters looked slightly unimpressive as they looked to dominate. A missed Rear Naked Choke by Craig Ninow then saw the fight slow down on the ground and forced the referee to stand the fight up again. Ninow then went for the win and threw a solid Superman punch and got the fight to the ground again where he controlled Makheta, taking his back and sinking in a Rear Naked Choke to win the fight.
5th Fight – Ian Swart vs. Keith Theologo [Winner]
The fight started with some short-lived exchanges and saw Ian Swart manage a very good take down where he took Keith Theologo’s back and almost caught him in a Rear Naked Choke. Theologo overpowered Swart and managed to slip out one of the hooks and escaped the ground assault to get the fight standing again where he immediately took advantage of the pace and caught Swart in a solid Standing Guillotine to win the fight by TKO.
6th Fight – Donald Nzirawa [Winner] vs. Tyrel Singh
These two fighters started off with some moderate punches to feel each other out, but a Superman punch from Donald Nzirawa dropped Tyrel Singh and saw both fighters going to ground for a tied up fight that forced the ref to stand them up again. The fighters looked for openings and Singh was the first to attack with a takedown that looked far too reserved and another ground fight ensued that was too slow and tied up and again and forced the ref to stand them up. Into the second round Nzirawa looked good with some great strikes, but Singh took him down with another takedown that slowed the pace and again the ref got them back on their feet. From this position they exchanged some punches and the fight went to ground where Nzirawa picked up the pace and looked for a gap to end the fight. Nzirawa, in full guard, then saw his opening and took control of Singh’s right hand, sinking a fight-ending Kimura for a great win.
7th Fight – Chaz Wasserman [Winner] vs. Chimmy Van Winkel
This fight started with some great stand-up exchanges with lots of clinching as the two came in for a closer battle and tied each other up. Chaz Wasserman was head hunting throughout the fight and was looking for a solid punch to connect, but in the clinch Chimmy Van Winkel looked to control the pace with some painful-looking foot stomps. As they both broke free before going into the clinch again, Wasserman followed through with more dominating jabs but Van Winkel came in with convincing combos (kicks and punches) to keep Wasserman at bay. Wasserman wasn’t expecting Van Winkel to come out as strong and the round ended probably just a little more in favour of Van Winkel. Into the second round they went at it again with a great stand-up battle going back and forth until Van Winkel had a great takedown. Wasserman managed a good escape and reversed it to slow the pace and force the ref to stand them up. Again the fight went to ground after a few strikes and both fighters kept the pace going with the two reversing positions with great sweeps and reversals until Van Winkel was in Wasserman’s full guard. Van Winkel slipped up, allowing Wasserman to sink in the winning triangle from this position, giving him a great win. A very good fight overall.
8th Fight – Dean Van Rooyen [Winner] vs. Conrad Harmse
This fight saw two fighters who probably put on the poorest performances of the night in terms of overall conditioning and fitness. Starting with a stand-up brawl with some wild and loose punches, the two went at it until they went to ground and grappled very averagely, fighting for position. They continued like this and looked exhausted by the end of the round. Into the second round the tired fighters exchanged some sloppy kicks and went to the side of the cage where they clinched and dropped in some knees and then opened up enough to exchange some punches, blow-for-blow (probably the most exciting part of their fight), until the ref stopped the fight in favour of Van Rooyen who looked like he was taking control.
9th Fight – Malcolm Mc Cann [Winner] vs. Magiel Opperman
Magiel Opperman immediately charged in and rushed in to take Malcolm Mc Cann down as the bell rang to start the fight. From there he got the fight to the ground where he ended up in Mc Cann’s full guard. Grappling between them, Mc Cann managed to control his position well and caught Opperman in a tight Guillotine to win the fight.
10th Fight – Danie Van Heerden [Winner] vs. Craig Fourie
The fight started as expected with some stand-up exchanges but surprisingly saw Danie Van Heerden quickly going to ground, hoping to dominate. The fight on the ground was nothing progressive from either side and the ref eventually stood them up to continue. The two went straight into some good exchanges and then back to the ground where Van Heerden managed a full mount and dominated with some great ground and pound where Craig Fourie did not defend intelligently enough and the ref stopped the fight in favour Van Heerden in the first round.
11th Fight – Gavin Green vs. Leon Mynhardt [Winner]
This very short, mismatched fight saw a very talented Leon Mynhardt take on Gavin Green. Mynhardt dominated from the start with his aggressive pace, solid kicks and on-point punches. Mynhardt dropped Green with a great punch and allowed him to stand up again, but went straight in with a combination of hooks that saw one knock down and knockout Green to win by way of a quick KO.
12th Fight – Sascha Ernst (Germany) [Winner] vs. Jeremy Scheepers (SA)
This fight started with slow stand-up fighting in which the fighters felt each other out for a while, but soon there were some great takedowns and then some good rolling and wrestling with an escape to get the fight back up and standing. Sasha Ernst was slower on the standing fight but had a good takedown attack that saw both fighters giving it their all in some good grappling. From the ground Ernst set in a good Armbar which was almost successfully defended by Scheepers; Ernst’s persistence eventually paid off as he held on tight and won off of it. A fairly average win for Ernst, but a win nonetheless for the German.
13th Fight – Matt Dunning (Canada) vs. Dain Nevelling (SA) [Winner]
Canadian fighter, Matt Dunning, lost in a slightly controversial, but very overpowering fight against powerhouse Dain Nevelling. Dunning rushed in for an immediate double leg takedown but Nevelling sprawled and instantly started smashing Dunning with some huge punches (some that looked like they connected the back of the head), and Nevelling continued the aggressive powerful punches until the ref stopped the fight just 19 seconds into the first round, giving him the win.
14th Fight – Sean Brown (Canada) vs. Paul Cunningham (SA) [Winner]
Another Canadian fighter, Sean Brown, came out to bring SA a good fight and took on a sharp-looking Paul Cunningham in the second last fight of the night. From the start Cunningham put on the pace with his punches and his combos, keeping the distance he was looking for to control the fight. Cunningham then shot in for a takedown and the fighters were against the cage where they eventually dropped to the mat and Cunningham took side control where Brown tried to reverse his position, but got caught in a Guillotine as a result. The Guillotine was very tight with Brown’s arm tied up too and he was eventually choked out completely, giving Cunningham a convincing win.
15th Fight – Omar Santiago (USA) vs. Brendon Katz (SA) [Winner]
The main fight of the night saw Brendon Katz take on American fighter Omar Santiago. Katz started by stalking Santiago and the pace saw some exchanges that were short but very explosive from Santiago’s side. The fight then saw a short ground fight after a takedown, but quickly went back up where Katz was head hunting again and looking for a solid, winning punch(es). The first round ended fairly evenly. Into the second round the two exchanged some solid punches and it quickly went to ground again where they grappled for position and the fight saw Katz get in a good ground and pound session from Santiago’s open guard. There was some great work from both and eventually it was reversed by Santiago and he landed some ground and pound from a standing position. Katz managed to get back up and, as the fight continued, he went for a takedown and on the fall to the mat his weight snapped Santiago’s leg (at the shin) and he immediately tapped out, giving Katz the win.